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Ruffian On Drugs
25th May 2003
We've been dosing Ruffian with antibiotics after the recent trips to the
vet for her wobbly legs and mismatched eyes. She's got Horner's
Syndrome, where something, most probably an ear infection, has been
pressing on her optic nerve and affecting her eyesight. See the previous page about this.
Her pupils are the strangest part of it. As you can see, they are
mismatched in size. This must make her vision a little blurry. Ignore
her whisker across the eye. Her whiskers grow in strange directions.
Last time I had to give her antibiotics, she was docile and happy to
accept the drug. I could pick her up and cradle her on one arm, pop
the syringe in her mouth and squirt slowly and she would drink it
down. Not this time. She fought me every step of the way. She writhed
and scratched and struggled. I ended up with major scratches across my
belly and chest, and really badly slashed wrists.
So it took two of us to administer the antibiotics. Anne would
hold her down and I would try and squirt it in. Anne couldn't hold
her, so she would wrap her in a towel and then I would try and squirt
it in. Ruffian developed the spit technique. I would squirt it in her
mouth and she would spit it out and spray it everywhere. So Anne would
shove her finger in Ruffian's mouth until she gagged and swallowed.
That lasted a week and we were all getting upset about it. So I went
back to a one-person drug pattern. I picked Ruffian up, propped her up
on the couch and gently held her front paws and dribbled the drug in.
For a few days she accepted this, but then she started struggling a
little bit. So now we have the final technique. I prop her on the
couch and swaddle her as you can see. Then I take the syringe and
gentle rub it against her side mouth flaps and dribble the drug in.
The rubbing seems to trigger the swallow. So she swallows it and
doesn't spray. Some days she's more resistant than others, but I
persist, just gently rubbing the syringe against her flaps. She's had
the antibiotic for 5 weeks already, and there's another week or two to
go. Then we wait and see if the infection comes back, and if her eye
will return to normal. We should know by the end of the year.
But all is going well. She takes the drug, her back legs are not so
wobbly, and she doesn't fall over and feebly wave her legs in the when
she tries to jump down. Nothing affects her appetite. Just her pupils
don't seem to coming back to match size. I hope that does happen. The
vet thinks it could take maybe 6 months, but then her eyes may not ever
get back to normal. That doesn't matter. As long as she stays in good
health, and continues to enjoy life, we will keep her going and shove
drugs and money into her. Here she is, enjoying herself lying in the
sun, with those perky ears up listening to the birdcall outside. And her
fur is starting to grow out again.